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INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE. A video tutorial focused on the 12-bar harmonica solo from Sonny Boy Williamson's most famous composition, "Help Me." Transcribed and arranged by Adam Gussow of Satan and Adam.

It's hard to overstate the importance of this solo, and this song. It's not just a top-25 desert-island cut for blues harp players around the world, but it's arguably the one blues harp classic that other blues players--guitarists, vocalists, you name it--all know. It comes up at virtually every jam session. It is part of the blues world's common stock.

Technical challenges include brisk triplets in a 3-against-2 rhythm; warbles; staccato (chuck-chuck) chording; and a bit of tricky timing. This video takes you inside the guts of Sonny Boy's style.

Harp key: B-flat

Note: a PDF tab for this lesson is also available.

Running time: 29:44

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Rated 5 out of 0 to 5 based on 19 reviews

  Johnster wrote:
Without doubt the best harmonica video tutorial I have ever used, and I�ve used plenty.

I�d been struggling with this thrilling solo for a very long time, on and off for 3 years, since I first started playing harp and progress has been very slow.
Adam�s video takes the all painfull hunting and pecking to find the right notes out of the equation right from the off.
He breaks the 12 bar solo down, bar by bar and note by note. Also giving a great insight into his own techniques when going through the woodshed process.

Small bite size practice routines are shown and make it very simple to work on parts of the solo before trying to build it all back together into the finished article.

For anyone trying to demystify this Classic blues song, it�s all here.

I progressed more in two days with this lesson than I have in the last 3 years of struggling and frustration.

I look forward to trying out many more of these tutorials.

10 out of 10!!

rating rating rating rating rating   Great lesson

rating rating rating rating rating   ag is king

  Very helpful

rating rating rating rating rating   So much detail... Awsome!

rating rating rating rating rating   Absolutely perfect lesson, fun and super good transcription of help me. I love the song and Gussow brings the spirit of the solo directly to you! Thanks

rating rating rating rating rating   Thanks Adam. This is fantastic material!!!

  1st class

rating rating rating rating rating   A must have, if you want to learn blues harp from the masters, teached by a master ;)

  Great rendition good tutorial.

rating rating rating rating rating   great lesson on a big song by a huge musician

rating rating rating rating rating   on the money as always

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